Summer at the Science Center - Arlington
Summer adventures at River Legacy Living Science Center provide students with an exciting hands-on, minds-on opportunity to explore the natural world.
* A variety of weeklong programs in June and July offer children engaging ways to learn about wildlife, ecology and the environment.
* Age-appropriate curriculums benefit preschool children through 8th grade.
* All classes feature investigations both inside the Living Science Center and outdoors in the rich resources of River Legacy Parks.
* Classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis.
* Children should come dressed for both indoor and outdoor explorations. Closed-toe shoes are strongly recommended.
For more information, call 817.860.6752.
Important 2011 Summer Dates
Open Registration: Saturday, February 26
Session 1 – June 20-24
Session 2 – June 27-July 1
Session 3 – July 11-15
Session 4 – July 18-22
Session 5 – July 25-29
Classes and Class Schedules
Preschool (Classes are $175 per session. Children must be 3, 4, or 5/entering kindergarten by the session date in which they are enrolled. Also, they must be fully toilet trained.)
Scales & Tails – 9 am - 12 pm or 1 - 4 pm • June 20-24 and June 27-July 1
Explore a scaly assortment of the Living Science Center’s cold-blooded creatures that have what it takes to be a reptile.
Winged Wonders – 9 am - 12 pm or 1 - 4 pm • July 11-15 and July 18-22
What would you do if YOU had wings? Learn about some of River Legacy's wonderful winged creatures and the surprising things they can do with THEIR wings.
Animal Sense-Abilities (NEW) – 9 am - 12 pm or 1 - 4 pm • June 20-24 and June 27-July 1
How does an earthworm hear? Why do snails wave their eyes around on stalks? You know how we use our senses - now learn how animals' senses help them to survive in River Legacy Parks.
Hide & Seek – 9 am - 12 pm or 1 - 4 pm • July 11-15 and July 18-22
Examine the remarkable escape and defense mechanisms of numerous River Legacy Parks animals as they assume the role of predator or prey.
Wet & Wild – 9 am - 12 pm or 1 - 4 pm • June 20-24 and June 27-July 1
Join in a hands-on exploration of the astounding aquatic adaptations exhibited by the plants and animals dwelling within the watery environments of River Legacy Parks.
Mighty Morphs – 9 am - 12 pm or 1 - 4 pm • July 11-15 and July 18-22
Explore the astonishing transformations of special River Legacy Parks’ animals as they undergo the wondrous process of metamorphosis.
1st – 8th Grades (1st-4th grade classes are $175 per session; 5th-8th grade classes are $200 per session)
Entering 1st & 2nd Grades
Nature's Art Box – 9 am - 12 pm or 1 pm - 4 pm • June 20-24, June 27-July 1 and July 25-29
Throughout the week, young artists will gather and work with rocks, soil, flowers and vines to create their own natural art materials and original works of art.
Spectacular Spiders – 9 am - 12 pm or 1 - 4 pm • July 11-15, July 18-22 and July 25-29
Young spiderologists will create a Spider Sanctuary and discover the secrets of the Arachnida's most skillful architects and unusual hunters.
Entering 3rd & 4th grades
Hands-on Entomology (NEW) – 9 am - 12 pm or 1 pm - 4 pm • June 20-24 and June 27-July 1
Are all "bugs" insects? Are all insects bugs? Learn to safely identify, capture, preserve and mount specimens to create your own insect collection.
Texas Predators – 9 am - 12 pm or 1 - 4 pm • July 11-15 and July 18-22
Prowl the woods in search of evidence that predators live in River Legacy Parks. Examine the relationship between predator and prey, and develop an appreciation for the role of both the hunted and the hunter in maintaining the balance of nature.
Entering 5th & 6th Grades
Nature’s Nocturnal Wonders! -- 6 - 9 pm • June 20-24 and June 27-July 1
Look deeply into the mysteries of the dark to catch a glimpse of the rarely seen nocturnal inhabitants of River Legacy Parks. This evening class includes a Thursday night sleepover featuring a night hike and an upclose look at rescued bats from Bat Conservation International. Class concludes at 8 am Friday morning.
Focus on Nature – 9 am to 12 pm or 1 - 4 pm • July 11-15 and July 18-22 ($10 materials fee)
Capture the beauty of the natural world while learning the basics of composition and developing your artistic vision. Share the results of your efforts in a photographic exhibition at the Living Science Center.
Entering 7th & 8th Grades
Baseball-ology (NEW) – 9 am to 2 pm • July 26-28 (Three-day class)
Is there a science to throwing a curveball, sinker and slider? What makes the sweet spot of a bat so sweet? Answer these questions and more in this exciting new class that includes an insider's visit to the Ballpark.
Nature Through a Lens – 9 am to 12 pm • July 25-29 ($10 materials fee)
Compose. Frame. Focus. Zoom. Acquire basic photographic skills or refine your techniques to capture your view of the natural world. Learn the basics of photographic display to share your work.